#2438: Marvel’s Rage

MARVEL’S RAGE

MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)

“Accidental exposure to toxic chemicals as a young man gave Elvin Haliday superhuman powers.”

Okay, I’m gonna be real with you all, I’m going into some uncharted territory here.  Not because of the Marvel Legends thing; I can write these reviews in my sleep.  I’m just doing something I really never fathomed: reviewing a second Rage figure.  I even noted in my last Rage review that I expected him to be the only one we’d ever get.  Now there’s a second one.  What a world we live in.  Well, guess I’ll do the unthinkable and review another Rage figure.

THE FIGURE ITSELF

Marvel’s Rage, as this figure is rather humorously named, is the third of the four comics-based figures in the Gamerverse-centered Abomination Series of Marvel Legends.  Like the smaller figure, this guy’s based on Rage’s original costume, which is honestly his best and most distinctive, so that seems pretty sensible.  The figure stands 7 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation.  Rage is built on the Hyperion body, with the new lower legs from Crossbones, plus a new head, and add-ons for his wrist bands, vest, and belt.  The new pieces are all nice enough.  The mask is actually a separate piece from the head, and can be removed if you’re determined, though the underlying head isn’t designed to be looked at; it’s honestly a little frightening.  The other add-ons have some nice, sharp texture work going on, especially the vest (which, incidentally, helps to hide that unpleasant looking torso shelf of the Hyperion mold).  Rage’s paint work is all pretty solid stuff.  Mostly it’s pretty straight forward, but there are some nice smaller touches, such as actually painting his visible gums, and even giving him his chest hair.  There’s definitely some nice attention to detail going on there.  Rage doesn’t include any of his own accessories, but he does get the right arm of the new Abomination Build-A-Figure.  Honestly, I don’t know what else you would give Rage anyway.

THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION

Rage is one of those characters I’ve always been aware of, but not one I’ve ever formed a major attachment to.  Finding out he was in this assortment was more of a surprise due to the unlikeliness than anything else.  I’m not sure what to really say about him.  I guess it’s nice to get another New Warrior, and he’s a decent enough by-the-numbers figure, but by-and-large the figure just fills me with apathy.  Oh, sorry, *Marvel’s* Apathy.

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#1108: Rage

MARVEL’S RAGE

MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES (3.75)

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There are a lot of rather obscure characters in comics.  It sort of comes with the territory, since you can’t expect every single character who appears in a monthly installment of serialized fiction to be beloved by the masses.  What’s interesting with some of these characters is how close to high profile they get.  Take today’s entry, Rage, for instance.  Rage was a member of the Avengers, for over a year no-less, but most people would be completely unable to ID the guy if they saw him.  He did get something of a cult following from his stint with the New Warriors, and now he’s even got an action figure, so maybe things are looking up for him!

THE FIGURE ITSELF

rage2Rage is from the second series of the 3 3/4 inch scale Marvel Legends line by Hasbro.  Thanks to Living Laser’s presence in the set, he may not even be the most obscure character from the series, which is kinda saying something.  The figure stands a little over 4 inches tall and he has 19 points of articulation.  The reduced articulation of this line is something I’ve addressed a few times, and mostly I don’t find it ruins or holds back the figures too badly.  However, Rage seems far stiffer in terms of range than prior figures, and on top of that, his head can’t actually turn more than a few degrees before popping off, which is really annoying.  Rage is seen here in his original costume.  It’s not a particularly attractive design, but let me tell you, he’s had far, far worse during his career.  Rage is built on one of the larger male bodies, with character specific pieces for the head, lower arms, and lower legs, and add-ons for his jacket and belt.  The jacket and belt are definitely very strong pieces, and the hands and feet are pretty good too.  Something about the body and the head seems a little too smooth for me.  Like he’s unfinished or something.  It’s hard to say, but it really feels evident on the torso.  It’s on par with a lot of the other stuff from this particular line, so I can’t really say he’s an outlier in that regard, but I also can’t say that’s much of a point in his favor.  I just sort of wish the whole sculpt matched the quality on the vest.  Rage’s paintwork is generally pretty straight forward.  It’s mostly just solid color work, which works fine for the character.  There’s a little bit of accenting on the vest and pants, which goes a long way, and gives him some much needed pop.  Rage has no accessories, but I can’t really think of what you’d give him anyway.

THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION

Rage here was picked up for me by totally rad brother, who got him for me while I was away with Super Awesome Girlfriend and her family.  Back when the Marvel Universe line was in full-swing, I put a lot of effort into tracking down as many Avengers in that scale as I could get ahold of, so from that perspective, Rage is pretty cool to finally have.  Could he be better? Probably, but this is quite possibly the only Rage we’re ever going to see, and he’s far from the worst thing ever.